Measure M will nothing to change the power of big moneyed passions to initiate or support ballot actions to take over city lands. If the Council Members owe their position to the money provided by out-of-town and out-of-state developers, you don’t have to initiate costly and problematic initiatives. I’m not saying council members “are bought and covered” but if candidates receive money from billionaire developers from places like SC and Georgia it is because the developers expect a council favorable to their interests. Anyone can look at contributions.
1,000 from Greystar development in SC. They are an extremely large property developer and manager. In 2011 they were the largest property owner-manager in america with over 187,000 units. They have 37 rankings on “Yelp” with the average rating of just one 1 celebrity. I’ve never seen a small business get such a low rating. Why would a SC company donate to a Sunnyvale candidate?
Because they were asked to contribute. It isn’t a spontaneous action. Voting in the passions of programmers perhaps Consistently? Looking at the many contributions on forms 460 you find even more developers giving huge amounts. For 6/30 you find another billionaire developer – Marcus – based in Palo Alto.
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34 Billion in property in 2014 and was investigated by the NY State under the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Those cases were dismissed eventually. The firm tried to ruin a competing broker by suing him but their case was thrown out with a judge. They “regret” having initiated the lawsuit.
Marcus also contributed to Russ Melton. 403,000 to various candidates and organizations around the continuing state, including such organizations such as the League of Conservation Voters. These organizations endorse the applicants he supports. In fact, a complete great deal of realty structured organizations from around the country contributed to lots of applicants.
One might believe that if Marcus, Greystar and other large real property traders support Sunnyvale politicians, it is because they expect a return on the investment. These real estate investors are businesses. These are interested in profit. They spend money on politicians like they invest in land. Measure M puts a partial check up on this.
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